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UNESCO champions use of international standards in Thailand’s media reform plans with launch of Media Development Indicators

BANGKOK, 18 JANUARY, 2016 Thailand’s media landscape is one of the most vibrant and diverse in Southeast Asia, but it is also limited by several factors, including restrictive laws, a lack of training among journalists and commercial pressure on media content.    

Now available in Thai, UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators (MDI) offer an effective tool to promote and implement international standards and good practices in Thailand’s media environment.

The translation of the MDI framework into Thai comes at a pivotal time in the country, with far-reaching reforms of the media sector planned. The MDI offer a diagnostic tool that can be used to assess Thailand’s media sector and provide valuable inputs into the national reform debate.

Jointly organized by UNESCO and Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Communication Arts, the launch event will bring international experts and stakeholders in Thailand’s media sector together to discuss how the application of the MDI could help inform future media policies, address gaps and identify media development priorities.

The MDI were endorsed by UNESCO’s Member States in 2008 and have since been recognized internationally as an effective tool to assess the media landscape in a country and inform media development strategies and policies.

The assessments based on the UNESCO’s MDI has already been carried out in 17 countries around the world and 12 assessments are currently ongoing.

UNESCO’s media development indicators are available online in English here, and in Thai here. Hard copies in Thai will be provided during the launch event. Please see attached the programme of the event.

WHAT: Launch of UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators in Thai

WHEN:  25 January 2016, 9.00 – 11.30


8.45-9.00:     Registration
9.00-9.30:     Opening “Media Development and the Current Political Reform in Thailand"
9.30-10.00:   Presentation of UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators
10.00-11.30: Panel Discussion: “The relevance of UNESCO’s Media Development  Indicators for Thailand”.
11.30:            Closing

WHERE: Pathumwan Princess Hotel, 444 MBK Center, Phayathai Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330.  Access map here:


Opening: Gwang-Jo Kim, UNESCO Bangkok Director; Luc Stevens, UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand; Charlotta Bredberg, Senior Programme Manager, Development Cooperation Section (Regional) Human Rights & Democracy, Embassy of Sweden; Assistant Professor Duang-kamol Chartprasert, Dean of the Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University

Presentation: Misako Ito, Adviser in Communication and Information, UNESCO Bangkok

Discussion: Jayaweera Wijayananda, formerly Director of the Media Development Division and Secretary of the International Programme for the Development of Communication at UNESCO Headquarters; Assistant Professor Dr. Pirongrong Ramasoota, Head of the Department of Journalism and Information, Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University; Associate Professor Dr. Uajit Virojtrairatt, Director, Media Monitor, Bangkok; Sinfah Tunsarawuth, Media law expert and lecturer.


CONTACT: For further information and to RSVP, please contact: Chantal Mairesse, Communication & Information Unit, UNESCO Bangkok,

UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators in Thai was published with the support of the government of Sweden.

 MDI launch programme (384 kB)
 Hotel Map public launch (210 kB)